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SLIPS, TRIPS, & FALLS
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A Few Facts
According to OSHA, slips, trips and falls constitute the majority of workplace accidents.
Same level falls, like slips and trips, make up 65% of fall injuries.Most slip, trip and fall incidents are preventable with general precautions and safety measures. Falls can cause serious injuries such as severe head injuries, back injuries, paralysis, broken bones, sprains and strains to muscles and even death. Trying to catch your balance or improperly falling when you slip or trip can possibly lead to sprains and strains to muscles or joints and permanent back injuries.Slide4
Slips occurs when there is too little traction or friction between the shoe and walking surface.
A trip occurs when a person’s foot contacts an object in their way or drops to a lower level unexpectedly, causing them to be thrown off-balance.
A fall occurs when you are too far off balance.Slide5
Two Types of Falls
Same Level Falls
High Frequency – Low Severity(example: ice, wet floor, un-even floor or ground)Elevated FallsLow Frequency – High Severity
(example: ladder, motorized vehicles)Slide6
Slip and Trip Hazard Factors
Obstacles in walking and working areasUneven groundAs little as 3/8” rise in a walkway can cause a person to “stub” resulting in a fallUneven height of steps can cause a person to trip and fallLightingMoving from light to dark areas (vice versa)Carrying an oversized object Obstructs vision
Wet or slippery surfaces
Shoe with soft rubber soles and heals with rubber cleats provide the best gripSlide7
Elevated Fall Factors
Mainly caused by lack of proper fall protection or worker inattentiveness
Factors include:Uneven surfaces, such as curbs, ramps, platformsStairsLaddersSlide8
When floors are wet and areas are slippery make warning signs
available and clearly visible “CAUTION – WET FLOOR”Keep walkways clear of obstaclesHave skid-resistant material in high hazard areasSuch as entry ways
If you drop it, pick it up.
If you spill it, wipe it up.
Look where you are going,
And go where you are looking.Slide9
Walking on Slippery Surfaces
Have proper footwear
Take slow, small stepsPoint feet slightly outwardHave hands free (Carry minimal items)Always use handrails when availableSlide10
Is there a RIGHT way to fall?
There are two
correct ways to fall that may help minimize injuryTuck your chin in, turn your head, and throw an arm up. Its better to land on your arm than your head.
falling backwards, twist or roll your body to the side. It is better to land on your buttocks and side rather than on your back.Slide11
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